Medea Sarcophagus


Carole Raddato
published on 20 February 2018
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Roman sarcophagus with relief depicting four scenes from the myth of Medea following the homonymous tragedy by the Athenian poet Euripides. Topics from Greek mythology were a popular motif in Rome for sarcophagus reliefs, especially when they depicted, as is the case here, weddings and deaths, happiness and the sorrows of life. This sarcophagus was found in Rome (Italy) near Porta San Lorenzo where it was produced in 140 - 150 CE. (Altes Museum, Berlin)

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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